J. A. Wight Memorial Award for Animal Welfare 2013

Hey guys if anyone would like to nominate myself (and Pup Aid obviously) for this prestigious industry award that would be fab. All awards add weight to campaigns so it would really help with the future health and happiness of the UK’s dogs.

Here’s the link to vote and to make it even easier below is a list of animal welfare positions/roles, etc that you can just cut and paste.

They’ve kindly extended the closing date for entries until the end of this week (Friday 21st) thank you so much for voting x

(Above) Pup Aid group photo: Kerry Ellis, Bex (Pup Aid), Georgina (Pup Aid), Brian May (Queen), Milton (Pup Aid), Leigh Catherine (Pup Aid), Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey), me, Meg Mathews (Patron), Peter Egan (actor), Stuart (Pup Aid), Debbie (TOWIE), Jade, Linzi and niece in red (Be Puppy Farm Aware) with rescued ex puppy farm breeding bitches (pic: Julia Claxton 2012)

Media Work promoting animal welfare via:

• Winner CEVA Special Recognition Award for Animal Welfare 2012
• TV – resident vet giving advice on BBC Breakfast, ITV This Morning, Daybreak, Crufts, Alan Titchmarsh Show, as well as Paul O’Grady Show, It’s Me Or the Dog, My Pet Shame, Animal Rescue Live and few programmes in the States.
• Radio – resident vet giving advice on BBC Sussex, Juice FM, many regional stations as part of animal welfare campaigns, e.g. pet obesity, fireworks night.
• Print – written over 1000 pet related articles for local, special interest, professional, national press/media.
• Web – raising awareness about animal welfare/charity/pet health tips via my blog, Twitter, Facebook Page, etc.
• iPhone app – Canine Care – designed to help dog owners look after their dogs better with preventative healthcare videos and tips, find nearest vet button and much more.
• Books – ‘stealth education’ via Vet on Call (published March 2011) and children’s book Pets in Need (Feb 2012)
• Love Pets Show – host & celeb supporter
• Pedigree Adoption Drive ambassador promoting rescue dogs

UK voluntary work includes:

• Pup Aid (founder) – Puppy Farming Awareness Day – last 3 years inviting celebrities to judge dogs in fun dog show, bands to play, parade of rescued ex-breeding bitches, all to raise awareness of puppy farming and how to get a dog to the tabloid demographic who are buying them, and to encourage them to contact rescue or responsible breeder. Thousands of pounds have been raised for Mayhew, Dog’s Trust, Oldies Club and Kennel Club Charitable Trust. Celebrity supporters include Liam Gallagher, Brian May, Ricky Gervais, Bob Geldof, Peter Egan, Jamiroquai, Sarah Harding, Joanna Page, Eamonn Holmes, Britt Ekland, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Meg Mathews, Ali Bastian, Caroline Lucas MP, Helen Grant MP. One campaign involved a guitar signed by rock legends that raised thousands of pounds at auction and much needed awareness for rescue dogs and puppy farming.
• Host of ‘An Evening for Dog Lovers’ London 2012 promoting responsible dog breeding & sharing first aid tips
• Kennel Club independent advisor – promoting microchipping, responsible breeding, breed rescue, etc.
• Crisis UK – helping pets of homeless people at Christmas
• Hearing Dogs – judge & celeb supporter
• Dogs Trust Honours – celeb supporter
• Mayhew Animal Home – judge & celeb supporter incl. hospital visits with dogs
• Wet Nose Awards – judge & celeb supporter
• Scruffts (KC Charitable Trust) – judge
• Pink Dog Show (Manchester Dogs & Cats Home) – judge & celeb supporter
• Labrador Retriever Rescue Southern England – judge & celeb supporter
• Queens Park Dog Show – judge & celeb supporter
• Battersea Dogs & Cats Home – judge & celeb supporter
• RSPCA Patcham – judge & celeb supporter
• WSPA – campaigner & celeb supporter
• CIWF – campaigner & celeb supporter (Good Egg Awards, Nocton Dairy)
• Four Paws – campaigner & celeb supporter
• NOWZAD – celeb supporter
• Seminars at Discover Dogs including pet emergencies, puppy farming, dogs in war.
• No Voice No Choice fun day and celebration of responsible dog ownership – celeb supporter
• A number of school visits educating children about animal welfare
• Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) Good Egg Awards – Presenter
• Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) ’Cows Belong in Fields’ campaign – celeb supporter
• World Society Protection of Animals (WSPA) ‘Not in My Cuppa’ campaign – celeb supporter

International voluntary work includes:

• Thailand tsunami 2004 rescuing/treating/neutering raising over £1000
• Amazon charity neutering/education project in Iquitos, Peru
• Mumbai Slums with Welfare stray Dogs India (WSD) neutering/vaccination/education
• Palestinian West Bank with Safe Haven for Donkeys in Holy Land (SHADH) field clinics, minor ops/education
• FOUR PAWS visit to Ukraine to promote neutering clinics & Nastia the bear cub

Parliamentary Campaining

• Regularly attending Parliament to campaign and lobby MPs about animal welfare issues including puppy farming, farm rabbit welfare, etc.
• Lobbying with Speaking Out For Animals about compulsory microchipping
• Meeting with MPs and Four Paws UK about welfare of farmed rabbits
• Active (and successful) campaigner with CIWF & WSPA against Nocton megadairy

Charity Patron/Trustee

• Oldies Club – charity that rescues and rehomes older unwanted dogs
• Labrador Retriever Rescue Southern England – charity rehoming and rescuing mainy Labradors
• Speaking Out For Animals (SOFA) – school group campaigning for compulsory microchipping of dogs
• Cat Welfare Sussex
• Safe Haven for Donkeys in Holy Land – charity rescuing abused donkeys

Full time Employment

• Vet at Grove Lodge Vets in Southwick, West Sussex.

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